- A suspected kidnapper has been nabbed in Plateau state by soldiers attached to the Operation Safe Haven
- The suspect was arrested with N1.7million cash which soldiers say is his proceeds from ransom
- Preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect and his accomplices had been involved in a series of kidnapping
Troops of Operation Safe Haven (OPSH) have arrested a suspected kidnapper at a checkpoint in Plateau state.
The suspect was arrested in Ankwa village of Sanga local government area of the state with cash of N1,789,000 at the headquarters of OPSH in Jos.
The commander of the operation, Major General Augustine Agundu, said the suspect, who was arrested on a motorcycle had attempted to bribe his troops during the search which was rejected.
Agundu said preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect and his accomplices had been involved in a series of kidnapping between Nasarawa and Kaduna states.
He added that adding the suspect belongs to a criminal syndicate of eight members and the money found in his possession was his share from proceeds of ransom.
The suspect, who gave his name as Jafaru Shuaibu, admitted to journalists that the money was his, adding however that he got the money through magic means.
Plateau state has become a hotbed of kidnappings in the last few months.
This has prompted Governor Simon Lalong to pronounce that kidnappers caught in the state will be facing the death penalty.
There have also been complaints on social media by Plateau residents concerning the rising case of kidnappings in the state.
Lily Sam Anny wrote: I live in Rizek, a small community after Lamingo Dam in Jos, Plateau state. This area & its surrounding communities (Haskè, Babawo, etc) have been under the siege of vicious kidnappers recently. They routinely go from house to house taking (mostly) children.
Abigail Abok wrote: Are the kidnappers on the prowl in Plateau state part of our culture? I wonder why the police won't do its job of securing life and property instead of harass people.
In a related development, four kidnap victims have been successfully rescued from kidnappers by operatives of the Nigeria Police Force at Sauni Hills, Lambata, a community in the outskirts of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
This was revealed in a statement by the spokesman of the FCT police command, DSP Anjuguri Menzah on Monday, February 10.
Meanwhile, unknown gunmen suspected to be bandits abducted the daughter of a former University Don, Professor Abdullahi Mustapha on Saturday, February 8.
Confirming the incident, the spokesman of the Kaduna state police command, DSP Yakubu Sabo, said the gunmen attacked the home of Professor Mustapha, shot his security guard, and whisked his 35-year-old daughter, Maryam to an unknown destination.
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